This year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is asking people to refrain from having a bonfire in their back garden to avoid preventable injuries and subsequent burden on our NHS and emergency services.
With organised events cancelled, fire officers anticipate that people will be tempted to take to their own back gardens to have a bonfire or let off fireworks. However, even with legal fireworks, bought from registered sellers, there’s always the possibility of serious injury if people mishandle them or are simply inexperienced in using them.
According to the Children’s Burns Trust, this year 500 children and their families will join the growing number of people who will remember bonfire night for the wrong reasons. They will have been injured as a result of an accident with fireworks.
The Trust says that the vast majority of injuries are to the eyes, head or hands – so children will have visible scars for life and most injuries happen at private or family displays.*
Area Manager for Fire Prevention Scott Donegan said: “Burn injuries can be potentially catastrophic and people can end up scarred by burns for the rest of their lives. Fireworks are not toys and even sparklers can reach temperatures of 20 times the boiling point of water.”
Scott added: “The professional displays usually offer a much safer option but with that not being possible this year we urge people to not take the risk.
“We know that we are all going through incredibly tough times and are looking for ways to entertain families at home but ultimately fireworks are explosives which come with inherent dangers.
“Millions of us clapped in our front and back gardens to show our appreciation for the NHS this Summer, please keep thinking of their plight this Winter and don’t be the one ending up in A&E this bonfire.”